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Posted: 1/22/2006 3:56:38 PM EDT
I was curious, have any of you tried a buffer in conjunction with an AK-74 sidefolder? It looks like they may interfere with each other (big plunger spring and all...)...........TIA
Link Posted: 1/22/2006 4:37:52 PM EDT
No, it works fine. It just "tightens" the spring about a coil or so.
Bulgarian AKS74. Remove the spring from the keeper, install buffer, reinstall the spring to the keeper. Thats it.......Hope this helps.

Link Posted: 1/22/2006 6:05:29 PM EDT
I thought the reasoning behind the 74 was lighter recoil . JK
Link Posted: 1/22/2006 8:07:16 PM EDT
It IS lighter in recoil.........it's just that every time I look at this one rifle I see the $10,000,000 rear folder trunnion and all my hand riveting and think maybe a buffer would just make me feel a wee bit better. I dunno............
Link Posted: 1/23/2006 1:27:23 AM EDT
I don't run buffers,AKs all over the World with 10,000 rounds through them without buffers.
Link Posted: 1/23/2006 3:07:17 AM EDT
I run a Black Jack buffer in my AKS74 (J.Newton built this one) It does soften that sharp whack on my cheek bone
Link Posted: 1/23/2006 4:50:44 AM EDT
No buffer needed..
Link Posted: 1/23/2006 6:06:22 AM EDT
You dont neeeeeed a buffer! (But you might like it any way)
I had an AK many moons ago, and I used a buffer with very good results!
The recoil of the bolt assembly whacking me right next to my face was not to bad before I installed the buffer. But after the instalation I noticed a big diffrence in recoil sent thu the receiver to my face...

Just my 2 cents!
Link Posted: 1/23/2006 7:34:56 AM EDT
Take the buffers out and throw them away before you screw up your rifle ...
Link Posted: 1/23/2006 8:08:08 AM EDT
I have many, MANY AK's and none of them have buffers in them. I was simply thinking of the EXPENSIVE side folder as an "investment to protect" is all.

One other note though, there are, from what I keep reading here and elsewhere, times when the buffers are GREAT. When the good ol' American made receiver let's the bolt carrier pop up because of it's dimensions being off? It then keeps the bolt carrier from going to far back? No?
Link Posted: 1/23/2006 9:32:13 AM EDT
Buffers will shorten the stroke a little. If it doesn't affect reliability, then there is no prob. If you start getting strange malfs, then shitcan the buffer.
Link Posted: 1/23/2006 10:02:41 AM EDT
I have a leather piece buffer on my 74, and I think it adds to the cheek slap effect
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